|The Rise and Falls to Modern Medicine
In "the Miller's Tale", Geoffrey Chaucer depicts the parish priest assistant Absolon and his sexual interests in Allison, the miller's daughter. In addition to his "religious" duties, he also had obligations in hair cutting. He could "laten" blood, shave, and "clippe". This latter term fives rise to the medical treatment bleeding which was performed by most barbers of that era.
After the disappearance of medicine during the Dark Ages, a new knowledge surfaced throughout the medical community. During these times there were a great many scientific breakthroughs. The findings of William Harvey proved that blood traveled through veins away from the heart. Claudius Galen, a renowned physician and philosopher, succeeded in explaining the function of nerves, brain structures, and some physiological tendencies of the body. However, he also contributed to the hindrance of medical advancement. He performed dissections on the human body to better his u...